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- Trying to understand the factors of a launch concept

If an infinite amount of energy were available to create the lift mechanism for a space launch. What would be required to fire a 200lb object into low Earth orbit(160km) after speeding it up in a way similar to how the large hadron collider speeds up a particle.

Assuming the launch vehicle would:

A. Use technology x to protect its cargo from the effects of the G-force's it would be exposed to

B. Have a drag coefficient of 0.04

C. Have no additional propulsion after launch

D. Launch at sea level

The first questions I am looking to understand include:

1. Trajectory wise, is it more efficient to launch the object perpendicular to the Earth's surface like a rocket or at an angle like a ramp?

2. what is the minimum speed the object needs to be going when it leaves the Earth's surface to reach low Earth orbit unassisted?

Assuming the launch vehicle would:

A. Use technology x to protect its cargo from the effects of the G-force's it would be exposed to

B. Have a drag coefficient of 0.04

C. Have no additional propulsion after launch

D. Launch at sea level

The first questions I am looking to understand include:

1. Trajectory wise, is it more efficient to launch the object perpendicular to the Earth's surface like a rocket or at an angle like a ramp?

2. what is the minimum speed the object needs to be going when it leaves the Earth's surface to reach low Earth orbit unassisted?